The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor description:
The Myth: Alice Liddel was an ordinary girl who stepped through the looking glass and entered a fairy-tale world invented by Lewis Carroll in his famous storybook.
The Truth: Wonderland is real. Alyss Heart is the heir to the throne, until her murderous aunt Redd steals the crown and kills Alyss’s parents.
To escape Redd, Alyss and her bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, must flee to our world through the Pool of Tears. But in the pool Alyss and Hatter are separated. Lost and alone in Victorian London, Alyss is befriended by an aspiring author to whom she tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Yet he gets the story all wrong. Hatter Madigan knows the truth only too well, and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.
I loved Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll and so I was quite interested in how Beddor would twist it to his own views… and I have to say while he kept enough of the Wonderland we know to be recognizable he very much made this story his own… the ‘true story’ creates wondrous characters that are so alive and magical that you just have to keep reading… Alyss is an amazing girl who goes through many transitions in this story as she’s attempting to be who she knows she is and yet is being forced to believe it’s all a dream… I love that not only is this another view of the tale it actually goes into detail of how it all became skewed and rendered into just another silly fictional story… I honestly don’t know what to say about it but that it was fun to read and anyone that enjoyed the one by Lewis Carroll would definitely enjoy this book… and I’m hoping this series goes on being just as great…